Learn about the Minnesota State Flower, the Pink and White Lady Slipper...also called The Showy Lady Slipper. Our Minnesota state symbols include this lovely and rare member of the orchid family.
The pink and white lady slipper is known by several names including the showy lady’s slipper, the queen’s lady slipper, the moccasin flower and, it's official name, Cypripedium reginae.
Let me say again that discovering a lady slipper in it's natural habitat is not a common experience. In all of my years of living in Minnesota, I have only come across the Minnesota state flower a few times.
The Lady Slipper's we have seen have all been in the northern and north central parts of Minnesota. Our family owns land that borders Itasca State Park and we have, several times, seen the state flower on our own property as well as in other areas nearby. We have also spotted the flowers near Cass Lake and Bemidji.
We have had friends tell us of seeing Lady Slippers blooming in many other parts of the state including sheltered areas in the Twin Cities and a number of places in the southern part of the state.
A highway that runs for 28 miles between Blackeduck, MN and Cass Lake, MN was formerly known at the "Scenic Highway." It has been renamed in honor of the state flower and is now known as the Lady Slipper Scenic Byway.
In 1990, Governor Rudy Perpich declared 81 miles of Highway 11 a Minnesota Wildflower Route, in honor of the large number of Showy Lady's Slippers growing along that route. The state of Minnesota erected signs with a lady slipper graphic on them along this highway.
Over the years several towns have held Lady Slipper festivals in honor of the Minnesota state flower.